We’re all over the place. Will try to summarize, but not being in the shop with COVID, my memory is a little fuzzy.
We’re currently in the DeWalt ecosystem of battery-powered tools (drills and impact drivers) because we had some former mentors that worked for DeWalt and were able to get us some great discounted units. We’ve generally bought Ryobi corded drills for “general use” and have a few heavier-duty drills from other brands for when we really need more power, and I have no idea where they came from or why we have so many - I think we have a DeWalt, Rigid, Milwaukee, and maybe a Bosch. The DeWalt and Milwaukee might be hammer drills. We recently have started replacing the original set of DeWalt battery tools, and decided to stick with DeWalt. We still had to “start from scratch” with batteries and chargers, since the old batteries had become obsolete, but we didn’t see any reason to change because the tools are generally at the right price point for us and are easily available.
I think most of our other tools were accumulated or donated as one-offs and I really don’t know the origin of them because we’ve had them for longer than I’ve been with the team. Pretty sure we have a DeWalt miter saw, Rigid cutoff saw, Milwaukee portable bandsaw, DeWalt corded reciprocating saw, DeWalt corded jigsaw, and an ancient Craftsman corded circular saw. The school has two DeWalt chop/miter saws that we also use.
The only power tool we’ve purchased recently that wasn’t battery-operated or a corded drill is a Wen drill press, which we have been very happy with so far. We chose it based on it being the right size for our needs, price point, and reviews, and that’s how we generally approach buying other equipment (hand tools, etc). We’re not married to any brand besides the DeWalt battery-operated.